FPC COMMUNITY MINISTRIES – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Did you know FPC has a Women’s Transitional Center? Or that FPC makes breakfast for hundreds of homeless guests every Sunday? Or that we have a 24 hour helpline? Or that we provide mail service four days weekly to approximately thirty individuals experiencing homelessness? Or that we provide shower/foot care/barber ministry? Or that we run a Food Pantry for needy and low income individuals three days a week?

Well, all of that is true, and we could use your help. Within FPC, we have members dedicated to serving God and neighbor and we would love to hear from you.

Email mwandera@firstpresatl.org and she’ll connect you. Or visit us on the second floor in room B216 for a guided tour of our services and let us get to share Christ with the Community!

First Presbyterian Church is committed to embodying Christ’s love in the community around us.  We offer a number of services to individuals who are homeless, transitioning and in need.  For more information about these services or to volunteer, please call 404.228.7724 or contact Tricia Passuth, Director of Community Ministries, at 404.228.7766.

Sunday Morning Prayer Breakfast

Each Sunday morning at 6:30, FPC welcomes Atlantas homeless population for a hot, filling breakfast and a time of worship and fellowship. We serve approximately 300 guests each week. For more information on the Prayer Breakfast, click here.

Requirements for service:

  • None. Everyone is welcome.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Help prepare, serve, or share in breakfast with our guests;
  • Help clean up after breakfast any Sunday morning;
  • Help set up for breakfast on Saturday afternoon or pick up food that has been donated by local vendors.

Venable Food Pantry & Every Member CAN

The Venable Food Pantry is located on the second floor of the Smith Building at First Presbyterian and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The pantry is stocked with food secured from the Atlanta Community Food Bank and donated by church and community members and local vendors. It provides emergency assistance to those in need as a result of illness, job loss, work reduction, and other circumstances. In a single year, approximately 131,000 pounds (nearly 62 tons) of food are distributed from the Venable Food Pantry.

Services offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Requirements for service:

  • No appointment required.
  • Client must have proof of residence (such as lease, utility bill – no cell phone bills please), picture ID and SS# for everyone in the household.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Interview potential food recipients;
  • Pack and distribute bags of food;
  • Donate non-perishable food items that have not reached their marked expiration dates at any of the marked bins around First Presbyterian Church;
  • Participate in any of the church’s three annual food drives: Nursery/Preschool-Elementary Food Drive (October-November); Souper Bowl Sunday (January-February); and the Adult Sunday School Food Drive (during the season of Lent)

Men's Clothing Closet

The Men’s Clothing Closet is located on the second floor of the Smith Building at First Presbyterian. It is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m., providing homeless men with the opportunity to take a shower, shave, get clean clothing, and have their clothing washed. The closet also provides work clothing.

Services offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Requirements for service:

  • Homeless.
  • Must be in line by 3.00pm
  • No Appointment required.

Volunteers are needed to:
The Men’s Clothing Closet has a continuing need for pants and jackets, plus clothing appropriate as the weather turns colder in the fall and winter. How can you help?

  • Donate men’s clothing in good condition, especially shoes, work boots, dark pants, work pants, tee shirts, socks, and warm sweatshirts and coats;
  • Donate sample-sized toiletry items and disposable razors.

Judith A. Richardson Foot Care Ministry

The Foot Care Ministry is open on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Volunteers provide footbaths and foot care for homeless men after they have taken showers at the Clothing Closet.

Service offered Wednesday ONLY – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Requirements for service:

  • Homeless.
  • Shower required prior to service.
  • No appointment required.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Provide foot care one (on-the-job training is provided);
  • Purchase foot care supplies;
  • Spread the word about and recruit volunteers for the Foot Care Ministry;
  • Donate new shoes and socks.

Barbershop

Service offered Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1:00 pm -3:00 pm.

Requirements for service:

  • Homeless.
  • No appointment required

Mentoring Ministry (Depression & Disability)

The Mentoring Ministry of First Presbyterian is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and provides counseling, prayer, and individualized, one-on-one services to disabled homeless men and women.

Service offered Tuesdays and Thursdays – 1:00pm -3:00pm

Requirements for service:

  • None. No appointment required.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Greet and talk with visitors to the ministry (on-the-job training is provided);
  • Provide lunch (usually soup or sandwiches) for guests.

Edna Raine Wardlaw Coker Women's Transition Center

The Edna Raine Wardlaw Coker Women’s Transition Center provides a safe, supportive transitional living environment for guests with the goal of achieving self-sufficiency in an independent living situation. The Transition Center accommodates up to 12 guests at any time, serving over 60 women per year.Each year over 150 volunteers participate by spending the night, bringing dinner or serving as coordinators for the volunteer calendars. Without our volunteers, the Transition Center could not exist!

Services offered: Temporary shared transitional housing

Requirements for service:

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Volunteer to spend the night at the Transition Center (two volunteers stay each evening, and many come with their family, including children). New volunteers are paired with an experienced spend-the-night volunteer.
  • Volunteer to bring dinner for our guests and volunteers (max. 14 persons).
  • Volunteer to be an “on call” volunteer for nights when scheduled volunteers have an unexpected last-minute conflict.
  • Volunteer to prepare a dinner that can be frozen for use when the scheduled volunteer has a last minute conflict.
  • Volunteer to serve as a coordinator who calls the food or overnight volunteers to remind them of their assigned day..

Volunteer Coordinator: Tricia Passuth

Birth Certificates

Service offered Monday – Wednesday – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Requirements for service:

  • Homeless verification
  • For out-of-state birth certificates with current identification – Call helpline at 404.228.7724 to schedule an appointment and leave your preferred day/time/name and call back number.
  • Appointments are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays between 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • For all in-state birth certificates, a referral will be issued to a partner agency.
  • For Out Of State birth certificates without current identification or expired identification, a referral will be issued to a partner agency. Referrals can be made by calling 404.228.7724.

State ID Voucher

Service offered Monday – Thursday – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Requirements for services:

  • Homeless verification and original birth certificate
  • Must present original birth certificate at time of service. No appointment required.

Emergency Financial Assistance for Rent

Requirements for service:

  • Must call helpline 404.228.7724 and leave name and number for a call back.
  • Appointment is REQUIRED.
  • Telephone interview is required prior to being scheduled for an appointment.
  • Guidelines must be met.

Income Tax Assistance

Service offered Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm during peak tax season.

Requirements for service:

  • Valid Picture ID.
  • No appointment required.

Mail Service

Service offered Monday – Thursday – 1:00pm -3:00pm.

Requirements for service:

  • Picture ID and sign Guidelines for receipt of mail. 
  • Show ID each time you come in to pick up mail.
  • No appointment required.

Transit Cards

Service offered Monday – Thursday – 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Requirements for service:

  • Homeless verification and new employment verification
  • No appointment is required.
  • Cards are issued for short-term use.

Habitat for Humanity

Each year since the mid-1980s, First Presbyterian Church has partnered with other Atlanta churches to build one or two Habitat houses for working families in need of decent and affordable homes. Volunteers need not be skilled, but must be available to work one or more of the seven Saturdays needed to complete a house. Volunteers have the opportunity to get to know both the homeowners and each other and enjoy a most rewarding experience.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Oppenheimer.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to those who are homebound or in need.

Volunteers are needed to drive and deliver meals.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sandi Harsh at 404.228.7726.